Research Symposium


ND Energy hosts an annual research symposium for the purpose of bringing together like-minded researchers and other individuals from academia, industry, and government to talk about some of the greatest challenges and opportunities in sustainable energy research and development facing the world today.

The inaugural symposium was held April 18, 2018 and provided a unique opportunity to celebrate and recognize faculty for their achievements in energy-related research at Notre Dame. Faculty who had recently won early career and large-center research awards gave presentations about their research programs. The keynote speaker was Sally M. Benson, co-director of the Precourt Institute for Energy at Stanford University, who addressed global climate and energy challenges and highlighted the game changers now, in the near future, and on the horizon. A poster session was held for associated graduate students and postdoctoral scholars to showcase their energy-related research projects. For more information, visit 2018 Highlights.

The 2nd annual research symposium was held March 20, 2019 and specifically focused on topics related to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #7. Appropriately titled, Global Transformation: Ensuring Access to Affordable, Reliable, and Sustainable Energy for All, the symposium featured keynote speaker Rachel Kyte, Chief Executive Officer of Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL), Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All, Co-Chair of UN-Energy, and Professor of the Practice of Sustainable Development in The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. Other invited speakers were Luciano Castillo, Kenninger Professor of Renewable Energy and Power Systems in Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University; Jun Chen, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University; Shelie Miller, Jonathan W. Bulkley Collegiate Professor of Sustainable Systems at University of Michigan; Vijay Modi, Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Columbia University; and from Notre Dame, Peter C. Burns, Abigail Mechtenberg, Tom Purekal, and Patrick Regan. The day concluded with a poster session by associated graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. For more information, visit 2019 Highlights.

Planning for the 3rd annual research symposium is currently underway and will be announced soon. If you have questions or would like to suggest a topic or speakers, please contact any member of the Organizing Committee: Ginger Sigmon, Barbara Villarosa, and Koby Keck.